Student Profiles

Monica Laizer ENCO
Monica Laizer

Monica Laizer’s advanced level of secondary and Catholic University of Eastern Africa education has been partially supported by ENCO. Monica is an extremely hard working young woman. She will complete her bachelor degree from the Faculty of Commerce in Marketing and Management in May 2017. While completing her university degree, she engaged in entrepreneurship activities to gain business experience and cover her hostel expenses. After graduating, she plans to get a job and start saving for a future master’s degree.




Naserian Osujaki ENCO
Naserian Osujaki

Naserian Osujaki is 22 years old and from the Engaruka Juu village. She is the first born of three children. Both of her parents passed away when she was in primary school and the children were adopted by their aunt, who worked very hard to support them through the level of primary education. For three years after primary school, Naserian worked at home because of lack of support for secondary education. Naserian requested and received support for four years of secondary education from ENCO. She graduated from secondary school with excellent scores (Division One). Naserian is currently pursuing a three-year diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (Assistant Medical Officer) at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Assistant Medical Officers’ Training Centre in Tanga with support from ENCO.


Josephine Mollel ENCO
Josephine Mollel

Josephine Mollel is 20 years old and from Engaruka Juu village. Her father is a polygamous with six wives and many children. Josephine dreamed of being a teacher at an English Medium School. She started college in September 2016 for a certificate in education (where?). Her parents were not willing to sell cows for college further education. ENCO is providing a half scholarship for her college costs.






Moinga Mbukoti ENCO
Moinga Mbukoti

Moinga Mbukoti is the first born of more than thirty children from the different wives of his father. Moinga is a very humble and bright young man and obtained government support for his ordinary secondary education. ENCO supported his advance level of his secondary education and half of his university tuition. Moinga will complete his bachelor’s degree in (?) from St. Augustine University in July 2017.




Hilkia Peter ENCO
Hilkia Peter

Hilkia Peter is a graduate of St John’s University of Tanzania and was born and raised in Engaruka. Hilkia, knowing the need of teachers in Maasai land, decided to pursue a career in teaching so he contribute to his Maasai community and Tanzania as a whole. He was raised by his grandmother after the early death of his mother and abandonment by his father. With support from relatives, Hilkia completed his secondary ordinary level education. ENCO supported his advanced secondary and university education.






Maria Nasikoi Papaa KingiMaria (Nasikoi) Papaa Kingi
Maria was born in 2008 in the village of Engaresero, Ngorongoro, Arusha, Tanzania. Maria’s family is poor and uneducated. Maria was initially very fortunate and obtained a scholarship to  enroll in a private primary boarding school in Loliondo through the efforts of Sister Angelica of Germany. After she started school, she was withdrawn by her father who objected to her education and wanted her at home to work with her mother.

Among many tasks assigned to Maria, she was very good at selling the handicrafts that her mother produced for tourists. Since selling handicrafts was the family’s main source of income, Maria worked very hard day and night. She would walk from one tourist campsite to another, visit the waterfalls, Lake Natron, and other tourist sites to meet tourists and sell handicrafts. She was respected as one of the best sellers of handicrafts in the area. At the age of eight, Maria had already been sold for marriage to an older man by her father for three cows and was to be married in three years.
During the summer of 2016, Maria met Daphne, a 7-year-old from the US, who was traveling with a group of tourists. Maria and Daphne spent the next 24-hours together and became quick friends despite the lack of a common language. Upon returning to the US, the American group decided to see if they could support Maria’s education. The group contacted Martha Ole Misiko/ENCO and together they arranged for Maria to start primary school in September 2016 at the Arusha Meru International School. Because Arusha Meru school is an English language-based school and because Maria did not speak English, Maria attends pre-school in the mornings and is tutored in English in the afternoon. Maria did well during her first semester and is quickly learning Swahili and English. She is also reported to be quite good in math. Maria now lives with Martha and her family in Arusha.